Dr. Sonal Choudhary is a Lecturer in Sustainable Management at Sheffield University Management School (SUMS). She is also a member of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre and Centre for Environment Energy and Sustainability (CEES).
Prior to joining SUMS, Sonal worked as a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the field of environmental sustainability (Project Sunshine and N-SINK) at the University of Sheffield. She has also worked on a number of other projects funded by DEFRA, European Commission (FP-7), Ministry of Environment and Forest, India, and IPCC. She has published about 25 papers in leading international journals, peer-reviewed conferences and national newspapers. She has also received two best paper awards in international conferences. She acts as a reviewer to many international journals in the area of sustainability, climate change, ecology, environmental economics, operations and supply chain management. She has chaired various international environmental and sustainability conferences.
Sonal has been recipient of many prestigious academic awards and scholarships including All-India postgraduate scholarship, DfID Commonwealth Scholarship, and Marie Curie Fellowship. She has also received a “Gold medal” in Environmental Sciences for holding the first rank in her University during her postgraduate study in India.
Sonal is also involved in consultancy projects with Business in The Community (BiTC). In spare time, Sonal conducts education and outreach activities in the field of climate change, sustainable consumption and behavioral change as well as encourages women participation in sustainability research. She has received the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office grant in 2012 and wide media coverage in India and the UK since 2011 for her outstanding contribution in community services and leading such thought-provoking activities. She has also been named as a “Climate Leader” and trained in leading climate advocacy by former US vice president and noble laureate Al Gore in 2013.
She obtained a PhD in the area of environmental science, pollution and sustainability from the University of Sheffield, 2013. Her education also includes a MSc. in GIS and Environmental Modeling with distinction from the University of Hull, UK and a MSc. in Environmental Biology with distinction from the University of Delhi, India..
Sonal is committed to research-led teaching and encourages critical thinking among the students. She encourages interaction and collaborations among students, as well as students and faculty for student motivation and involvement.
Module leader for MGT140: Business Challenges (involves 5 different industry collaborations for 10 week project); MGT136: Sustainable Development and Emergence of Responsible Business; MGT357: Corporate Social Responsibility.
Dissertation supervision for MSc. Management and MSc. Management (International Business).
Sonal’s research interests are broadly in the domain of sustainable natural resource management and food security. Her research interests also include understanding the triple bottom line and incentives for businesses behind sustainable practices, particularly given the social and economic contexts, and global challenges such as climate change. She investigates how sustainability and regulatory issues affect business strategies and shape attitude towards the environment and green economy.
Although firmly based in environmental sustainability, she has active or previous collaborations with economists, social scientists, environmental scientists, geographers, planners, operations and supply chain specialists. She welcomes exploring future collaborations in the following fields:
- Food security, Big Data and food sustainability including sustainable supply chain in agro-food industry
- Sustainable management of businesses and natural resources including ecological economics, ecosystem services and Carbon, Nitrogen and Water footprint management
- Business ethics and corporate social responsibilities (CSR)
- Sustainability of SMEs including Dairy industry
- Integrated assessment of science-business-policy collaborations
- Business and governmental aspects of climate change
- Applications of remote sensing & GIS in devising sustainable management strategies for low carbon futures (including green logistics and short-supply chain).
She is currently supervising two PhD students and is interested in supervising students in any area of her research interests or related themes.